Archive for June, 2019

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

James 1:19-20 NIV

We seem to live life at 100 miles an hour these days. We get up in the morning, rush to get ready and out the house, then rush from one place to another, from one task to another, until we reach the end of the day and finally lay down to sleep.

Maybe it’s because we rush around so much, that it feels like we no longer want to stop and listen to what others say, but instead we’re quick to pass judgement on others without knowing the facts.

It’s time to slow down. It’s time to make time for others.

It’s time to listen to what others want to say – you may be the only person they feel they can confide in.

It’s time to listen to what God wants to say to you – He’s been trying to talk to you but you’ve been too busy to listen.

It’s time to speak words of comfort and encourage to others – they may be just the words someone needs to hear to make feel their life is worth living.

It’s time to keep our temper, and not get angry or annoyed with others, just because they don’t say or do what you expect or want.

Be patience, be understanding, be who and what God desires.

Some more programming humour today.

Programmers can build loads of useful things, but sometimes we’ve just got to admit it’s not our job

 

If you see someone in need, do you stop and help or do you walk past, or look the other way and keep walking?

Maybe you feel you’re too busy to stop and help others, but what if we all consider ourselves ‘too busy’ to help? We can’t assume someone else will take the time to stop and help, so we need to make the time to help.

Stopping to help someone doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to have to give up loads of your time, as it can be the simple act of asking someone if they’re ok that helps someone; or carrying a bag of shopping to for an older person, to their car; or giving a homeless person a sandwich and a hot drink.

We need to stop rushing around at 100 miles an hour, and take time out to look around ourselves, and really see those who are in need. We can then take time to make a difference, by helping those who need help.

Have you ever thought someone was avoiding you? Or maybe you’ve been the person that’s avoiding others?

Well maybe this might help you understand what might be going on.

I’d say I could say “Yes, that’s me”, to each of the 5 scenarios in this quote – Although some seem to have been full-time for a while.

The bottom line is, we never really know what others are going through, so don’t assume you know why someone is acting the way they are. Instead ask them if they’re ok, and when they tell you they’re fine, ask them again is they are ok. If they still tell you they’re fine, tell them you want to help them and ask them again if they’re ok.

Admitting openly to someone that you’re struggling, if often the hardest thing, even although you could do with the emotional support others may be able to offer you.

New ending

Posted: June 26, 2019 in life, personnel characteristics, quotes
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I’m sure we all want to leave our mark on this world. Maybe you think you’re not good enough to leave a legacy for others, but you are! Each and every one of us will leave some sort of mark on this world.

So if you were to leave this world today, what would your legacy be? Would it be the one you’d want to leave? If it’s not, it’s not too late to change your legacy, because today you can start making changes to how you live your life, which in turn will change your legacy to the world.

I’ve heard the word grace used a number of times when describing several individuals recently. You may think that’s a strange word to use, but if you knew the people concerned I’m sure you’d agree that they are great examples of God’s grace.

Maybe you don’t know what I mean by that, well let me explain.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” ~ Ephesians 2:8-10

These verses from the bible describe God’s grace better than I could ever define it. Those who possess God’s grace have the following qualities

  • humble
  • always available and willing to help those in need
  • forgives without question
  • shares their love of God with others
  • supports and encourages others
  • expects nothing in return from anyone
  • show real love to everyone unconditionally

I’m sure there are plenty of other words/phrases you can think of to describe someone you know who are filled with God’s grace.

I pray that I may try to gain some of these characteristics, and in doing so can be become a great example of God’s grace working in someone’s life.

A bit of a cheeky question you might think, butlet me expland that question…are you washed in the blood of the lamb?

Maybe your more confused by that question than you were by my initial question. To put it simply, have you accepted God as your Lord and Saviour? If not, it’s time to have you sins washed away, and let Jesus into your life today.

Words I’m sure we’ve all heard and sung many times, but do you still believe them!

God is amazing, not only did he make each one of us, he continues to care for each of us. No matter how many times we disappoint God, or even turn our back on Him, he still loves us. That is the reason why when we put our faith back in God we are no longer blind, because we see how much he loves us, and believe in Him once again.

Let’s make sure we continue to believe those wonderful words by John Newton, because God’s love is amazing!

Here’s one of my favourite songs which features those words by John Newton.

Technology is everywhere these days, and in many instances it helps make our lives that little bit easier. Here’s some examples:

  • Turn on your house lights when you’re away from home.
  • Speak ‘face-to-face’ with friends and family who live on the other side of the world whenever we want.
  • Send an alert to health care providers when you have a problem.
  • Let us keep up to date with world events as they happen.

However, it struck me towards the end of the football season just finished, that while in many football matches we now have the love it or hate it, VAR, as well as goal line technology to tell us if a ball as crossed the line or not, there’s another part of the game I find it incredible that we’re still using the same system as was used many years ago.

Have you any thoughts on what I’m thinking about?

Assistant referees!

They still run up and down the line with just their flag to wave to try and capture the referee’s attention when they spot a free kick, offside, throw in, goal kick, substitution etc.

Surely in this day and age there must be a better way to get the referee’s attention that by waving a flag?! How about some technology that the assistant referee presses a button to indicate what they’ve seen and that immediately alerts the referee, not just to the fact that the assistant has spotted something, but also what type of offence or situation they’ve spotted.

We don’t need to rely on the referee spotting their assistant flagging, we can do this much more effectively. What do you think, are you with me?

Verbal sunshine

Posted: June 21, 2019 in heart, quotes, Relationships, weather
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“Verbal sunshine”, what a wonderful expression! But it does really give you a picture of how great words spoken as “verbal sunshine”, make someone feel.

Share some sunshine with those you meet by sharing some “verbal sunshine”, encouraging others and warming their hearts.